Take the #ZeroWasteChallenge - and be in with a chance of winning £50


Residents could be in with a chance of winning £50 to spend in local zero waste shops if they reduce their non-recyclable waste next month, as part of Hackney Council’s #ZeroWasteChallenge. 

Hackney Council is encouraging residents to go zero waste this September and reduce their impact on the planet, by throwing away less waste and charting their progress. To help participants complete the challenge, the Council will share guidance on minimising waste and a progress-tracking tool. 

Plastic waste stays around for a very long time, with plastic items estimated to take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. By taking the challenge, residents will be helping to clear oceans, protect wildlife, stop the spread of harmful toxins and reduce the impact of global warming. 

Whether new to recycling or a seasoned recycler - there’s something for everyone to have a go at. Residents who don’t recycle much can give food recycling a go. Those who recycle often can try cutting down on their single-use plastic consumption by switching from shampoo containers to bars, or buying loose fruit and vegetables rather than packaged ones. 

To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher, participants must sign-up by 31 August as the challenge kicks off on 1 September. 

Find out more about the challenge and register by visiting https://hackney.gov.uk/zero-waste-challenge

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm
Given the excessive bombardment of single-use packaging by corporations it can be difficult to go zero waste, but if we challenge ourselves and plan ahead, it can be done. 

Hackney Council has shown strong leadership in the area of waste and recycling, and we’re encouraging and supporting our residents to do the same by taking our Zero Waste Challenge, and by working with partners to raise awareness of how we can recycle more and waste less.

It’s critically important that we act now to turn the tide on the destruction caused by single-use packaging. By making small changes in our everyday lives, we can have a huge impact on the future of our planet.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

Next month will also mark Zero Waste Week, which the Council will be celebrating by hosting two interactive workshops with Plastic Free Hackney on 9 and 11 September (7-9pm), where you’ll learn how to save money and reduce your plastic footprint. 

One workshop will show you how to make your own zero waste toiletries, and in the other workshop you’ll learn how to make your own cleaning products.

Tickets for these online workshops are FREE for Hackney residents (with a £3 refundable deposit). Make sure you book in advance to secure your place.